I heart my MacBook computer. Heck, even doggies like the stylish, sleek and intuitive notebook that's favored by graphic designers, music producers and video editors alike.
I’m not so sure it was the greatest idea to make the entire thing white because of people like me who, despite all manner of hand-washing, always manage to have something smudgy or splotchy on their hands. But despite the white notebook’s magnetic properties when it comes to dirt, I can’t imagine going back to a virus-prone, Windows-driven personal computer.
Based on the Chapman University School of Law’s computer guidelines for exams, however, it looks like I can’t get away from Bill Gates’ baby.
Like the nerd I am, I read Chapman’s Student Handbook and found this sad, sad bit of news regarding my beloved Mac:
“Users with Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro laptops can run Windows through Apple's Boot Camp software. ... Please note that ExamSoft does not provide support for the installation and configuration of Apple's Boot Camp. … If you do decide to use this option, we highly recommend that you contact ExamSoft directly and become very familiar with this program due to the fact that Examsoft is fairly new and untested for Mac computers.”
Julie Anne’s palm, meet Julie Anne’s forehead. Get used to each other. I have a feeling you’re going to be working together for a really, really long time.
Even if I do as the student handbook warily suggests, installing Windows using the Boot Camp software would require 5 GB of free hard drive space, and running a non-native operating system would make my processor work harder than all those folks on The Biggest Loser combined, according to some folks.
It seems that the best option now — rather than risk harm to my baby — would be to buy an inexpensive notebook computer that runs Windows. Or I'm open to any suggestions that readers may have. (PC users, throwing my Mac out the window is not an option.)
My advice? Before buying a new laptop, know exactly what computers and software your school allows. Duh, I know. But I figured that law schools would pick up on the popularity of Apple notebooks and adjust accordingly. Nope.
You can find out exactly what you need by calling up your school’s IT people, looking through your student handbook, or checking through an awesome Web site called Mac Law Students, which has a great list of schools and their software requirements as well as software suggestions for people whose schools make accomodations for Apple computers.